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Ambassador To Madagascar

Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
ICA
19 West 21St Street Suite 705
New York, New York 10010
United States

Company Description: The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), a non-profit organization, is the only worldwide body specifically created to benefit the global colored...   more
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ICA Ambassadors
www.gemstone.org, 29 Oct 2012 [cached]
Tom Cushman ICA Ambassador to Madagascar
Multicolour.com / Gem Library / Columns / Madagascar Guide / Sapphires From Madagascar
www.multicolour.com, 24 Sept 2013 [cached]
In the mean time, Tom Cushman of the "Allerton Cushman & Co. Precious Stones" closed his jewelry store in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. His logo now waves over his shop in Ilakaka and on it is written "Maison Blanche" (The White House). "It is a dangerous game here! Tom says. "Not long ago someone from Sri Lanka made a miscalculation. He bought a stone for US$ 15,000 and when he tried to cut it the stone broke into pieces".
Gem News From Pala International
www.palagem.com, 1 June 2009 [cached]
A ban on Madagascar mineral product exports-imposed following the display of a 536-kg emerald-on-matrix specimen last year-has been lifted as of July 17, as stated in a press release issued August 14 by Tom Cushman, International Colored Gemstone Association Ambassador to Madagascar.
International Colored Gemstone Association Congress, Rio de Janeiro, diamond industry
jewelleryoutlook.com, 7 May 2011 [cached]
Speakers also note the value of local education and training in gem identification and cutting to add value downstream, citing Madagascar as an example in the establishment and successful growth of a lapidary school and gemological laboratory, spearheaded by the country's ICA ambassador, Tom Cushman.
AZGem Newsletter, July 2005 - Semi Precious Gem Stone
www.azgem.com, 1 July 2005 [cached]
ICA Ambassador to Madagascar, Tom Cushman, reports that Madagascar is once again the site of new corundum discoveries. Word has been out on a discovery of a new source for a very rich color pink sapphire since last December and now Cushman reports that a new ruby discovery was found in the Andilamena mining district.
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"This deposit contains much more gem quality material than the "ruby star" and should be appearing in quantity in the marketplace right about now", stated Cushman.
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Tom is a longtime gem dealer who has been living and working in Madagascar for several years.
We see and visit with Tom at the Tucson Shows each year. We've also bought gem rough from him. We have in stock several nice morganite gems from this rough.
Tom was planning to retire as a gem trader after last February's show and lead the development of a gem cutting industry in Madagascar.
Tom is one of the goodguys.
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